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Warrants, Options & Other Incentives in Business Transactions (Teleseminar)
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Warrants, Options & Other Incentives in Business Transactions (Teleseminar)

1 CLE hour

2/9/2015
When: 02/09/2015
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Contact: (404) 521-0781


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Warrants, Options & Other Incentives in Business Transactions - 1 CLE hour

Equity warrants and options are incentives or “kickers” in business transactions or operations. Each instrument providers the holder participate in the financial upside of the company on generally favorable terms.  Warrants allow equity investors or subordinated lenders to potentially increase their overall risk-adjusted return. Options are compensatory in nature, allowing the company to provide employees and service-providers financial participation in the issuer’s growth without cash expenditures.  But these are very complicated instruments and the two can be adverse to each other.  If options are exercised by employees and others, it dilutes the value the warrants unless the warrants have anti-dilution provisions.  Warrants also come along with a multitude of other protective provisions from voting to liquidity rights that options do not.  This program will provide you with a practical guide to drafting the essential terms of equity warrants and options, and their underlying plans and other documents. 

Drafting the essential provisions of equity warrants and options, plans and documents 
Differences between warrants and options, and circumstances in which they are best used or avoided 
Defining conversion ratios and establishing post-conversion rights 
Forms of anti-dilution provisions for warrants
Voting and information rights for warrants, including director appointment or board observer rights
Defining liquidity rights of warrants – rights of first refusal, tag-along, and drag-along issues
Drafting stock option plans and avoiding traps
Review of tax consequences of warrants and options – for issuers and holders

Speakers:

Matthew Hyde
is an attorney with Cooley, LLP, where he specializes in representing emerging growth companies and venture or private equity investors in various transactions including private and public financings, mergers and acquisitions and cross-border transactions across a variety of industries including clean technology, software and internet, consumer products, and communications.  In addition, he serves as outside general counsel to several startup companies and counsels their management teams and boards of directors on general corporate matters and related governance issues. Mr. Hyde received his B.S. from the United States Naval Academy and his J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.

Christopher Kiyan is an attorney with Cooley, LLP, where his practice focuses on the representation of high growth companies, ranging from the idea-stage startup to the established later-stage business, and the venture capital and private equity investors that invest in high growth companies.  He regularly represents his clients  in a wide range of equity and debt financings and mergers and acquisitions across a broad spectrum of technology industries.  Mr. Kiyan received his B.S., cum laude, from the University of California, Los Angeles and his J.D. from Boston University School of Law.
 

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